My girlfriend and I love to camp and we have wanted a simple truck camper for some time, a few months ago we got a dog and we knew we would need a camper or something to keep him in while we are both out riding. I found a good deal on a 2004 craft lite pop up camper in near perfect condition and picked it up a few weeks ago. I am really excited for winter to be over so I can take this thing out and do some camping. I have used my dads trailer for the past few years and he offered to sell it to me. Its a 8' utility trailer and I have a 2005 Chevy 2500 Duramax. I have some work to do but I think the camper / trailer is going to be a perfect little set up for me and girl and the dog. We like to do a mix of dual sport riding and single track around the the north west of the US. I have a few questions and would also be interested in just hearing other peoples experiences and ideas on this topic. 1. Do the bed rail tie downs actually work? I plan on doing the rear tied down to the rear bumper but I am undecided on the front. The tie downs that fit into the bed rails seem super easy and convenient but not as strong as the frame mounted or the kind that bolt in between the bed and cab. The camper isn't very heavy I would guess around 1600 lbs. I do plan on doing some dirt roads and light 4x4 to my camping areas. Any ideas? 2. I have some damage on the rear tie down, the previous owner said they tried to jack it up without taking of the tie down and it started to pull the tie down out. My plan is to pull back the plastic siding and cut out all of the damaged wood and patch it up with a new piece and a bunch of wood glue. Then I plan on putting a piece of angle iron down the full length of the camper to help spread the load. I feel like this should work fine. any suggestions or advice? 3. Anyone install AC into a truck camper? All of the AC units I find for campers are for huge RVs. I just need enough to keep my dog happy when it gets hot. I would prefer something that can run off 12 v so I can use my batteries and solar rather then buying a generator. 4. Anyone know of a product or something I should do to my canvas to keep it in good shape? Its a little stained but other then that its in perfect shape and would like to keep it that way. Not sure if I should try to use a conditioner or just leave it as is?